Thursday, April 19, 2012

Caught the Cat Eating my Grass!

Caught the Cat Eating my Wheat Grass!


I caught the cat nibbling on my wheat grass the other day. I had just put up my new sprout rack; the grass was taking over the school book shelves so I had to do something different. Well now the cat can reach the grass and she has been doing some damage. When I came down stairs this morning there she was again and the floor was littered with blades of grass. What to do??
Here is the rack and I really like it.

 The smaller covered tray is freshly planted seeds. The other trays are all at different heights, even though the pic doesn't show that very well, so we can juice each day. It was a trick trying to figure out a planting schedule to ensure grass was ready to juice daily but I think I have it figured out.  We have been drinking our "shots" each morning and I am happy to report that the children can now down 2 ounces!! The baby can do 1 ounce! Our 14 year old son won't even try it, even when I bribe him with $$.
 I am so glad that I finally started growing my own wheat grass. It is so simple and I don't know why I was so intimidated the past two years--it feels good to have accomplished my goal.
The wheat grass rack matches my fruit rack that I purchased a few months ago.
Right now it is pretty empty. Normally the top rack is loaded with the bananas and the middle shelf normally is filled to capacity with mango, more kiwi, pears and avocado. In the basket on the bottom shelf are the juicing oranges that we use in the green smoothies. Before I had this rack all of the fruit was piled on the counter top and it looked crazy! I think this is a better alternative. You can find these racks at Kmart. They come in various sizes and go on sale frequently, making them very affordable.
I wish I had a picture of the cat nibbling on the grass but she ran away when I got the camera out.

+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for an organized sprouting system.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Marinated Mushrooms and Kelp Noodles

I made a delicious meal today with marinated button mushrooms served atop of kelp noodles.
The layers of flavor and texture in this dish are out-of-this-world!!

Marinated Mushrooms and Kelp Noodles

by Elizabeth @ rawlivingandlearning.blogspot.com

2 cartons of white button mushrooms, cut in thirds
1/2 of a sweet onion, sliced thin
8 sun dried tomatoes cut into small pieces, oil free type
4 T Tamari sauce
4 T water
1 T olive oil (optional)
1 tsp coconut vinegar
2 T coconut nectar
black sesame seeds, to taste

Mix the liquid marinade ingredients and pour over the mushrooms, onions, and sun dried tomatoes. Sprinkle on desired amount of black sesame seeds. Allow to marinate in refrig over night.
Prior to serving, soak kelp noodles in filtered water plus 2 T coconut vinegar. Drain, rinse and drain again. Plate noodles and top with the marinated mushrooms. Enjoy! This is amazing!! The flavors are so complex and rich it makes for a very filling meal. The mushrooms are so meaty and tender as if they were cooked. Give it a try.


+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for the inspiration to be "quiet".

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Holy Saturday Contemplation


Choosing your Cross


"I chose to pick up the cross. Is it easy? No. but I think it's made me a better person, it has made me a stronger person. And there comes a point where you can have the condition, or the condition can have you. It doesn't have to be a cross or victimhood."

— from Moved by Faith

I adore this reminder to be strong and faithful when we encounter the dark times in life. Today is a beautiful day to be motivated to pick up our cross and follow in the footsteps of our dear Lord Jesus Christ. Today is a day to be still, quiet and reflect on the great love Christ has for all of us. Tomorrow we all get to rejoice and praise Him for carrying the cross--our sins, so we could have eternal life. Humble yourself and be strong--pick up that cross. (source of clip art)